SPORTING BID FAREWELL TO TITLE HEROES
Sporting Lisbon fans said their final goodbyes to manager Diego Maradona and on loan star Gabriel Barbosa after they handed ‘Os Verde e Brancos’ their first league title since 2002.
Maradona’s men defeated Estoril 3-2 away from home on the final day, a game marked by Gabriel Barbosa’s hat-trick on his final appearance, landing Sporting the title.
The Argentine completes his part of the deal by leading Sporting back to the top of Portuguese football, with the 54-year-old now leaving the club as revealed by the president of the Lisbon giants, Bruno de Carvalho.
Maradona bade farewell as he paraded the Liga Zon Sagres title around the stadium, with Sunday’s man of the match, Barbosa, also receiving a special thanks from the Sporting faithful.
The 19-year-old, on loan from Barcelona, played a total of 33 games for Sporting and scored 21 goals in his debut season in Europe, his personal best.